Three Toronto marijuana dispensaries raided by police
Queen Street East pot shop says it will reopen Thursday
Three Toronto pot shops — including Cannabis Culture, a marijuana dispensary on Queen Street East — were raided by police on Wednesday.
At 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, the store tweeted that it was "currently being raided by 12-15 Toronto police officers."
Toronto Police spokesperson Mark Pugash told CBC News that two other shops — The Green Room on Mount Pleasant Road and The Healing Centre on Dundas Street West — were also raided by officers.
Pugash said a total of nine people were arrested and are expected to be charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime.
Outspoken marijuana advocate Jodie Emery, who is an investor in Cannabis Culture, tweeted that the store, which is located at 711 Queen Street East, would re-open Thursday and that a news conference would be held in front of the shop at 10 a.m.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Shameful?src=hash">#Shameful</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/TorontoPolice">@TorontoPolice</a> raiding <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CannabisCulture?src=hash">#CannabisCulture</a> 711 Queen St E <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Toronto?src=hash">#Toronto</a>. Blame <a href="https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau">@JustinTrudeau</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cdnpoli?src=hash">#cdnpoli</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/marijuana?src=hash">#marijuana</a> <a href="https://t.co/4YdE2xsEpl">pic.twitter.com/4YdE2xsEpl</a>—@CannabisCulture
In May, police raided 43 such dispensaries, arresting 90 people and laying a total of 186 charges. Police also seized 269 kilograms of dried marijuana in those raids, along with a large quantity of cookies and other marijuana edibles.
On June 23, police visited Cannabis Culture's Queen Street West location, as well as three other Toronto dispensaries.